Barack Obama's High School Basketball Jersey Sells for $120K at Auction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2019

FILE - In this April 9, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama plays basketball with former NBA basketball player Bruce Bowen during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll at the White House in Washington. Bidding was drawing to a close Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, for a basketball No. 23 Punahou School jersey believed to have been worn by President Barack Obama. Obama the wore that number during the 1978-79 school year in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

The jersey that former President Barack Obama is believed to have worn during his high school basketball days at Punahou School in Honolulu sold at auction for $120,000, according to the Associated Press.

The buyer chose to remain anonymous.

According to that report: "The jersey was offered by Peter Noble, who was three years behind Obama at Punahou School. Noble, now 55 and living in Seattle, said the jersey was destined for the trash when he picked it up. Years later he saw an old photo of Obama wearing a No. 23 jersey while at school."

Noble is donating a portion of the sales to Punahou School. 

It isn't surprising that Obama's former jersey would fetch such a huge price—not only is it a piece of historical significance, but the former president can also hoop. Don't sleep on No. 44's jumper.

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